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Garza Co.: WHITE-THROATED SWIFT
first sighting: Jan 18 

On Jan 18 Justin Bosler had good looks at a solitary White-throated Swift in Garza County. He suspects it's wintering along the Caprock escarpment. The location is Cedar Hills Road just south of US 380, west of Post. The swift appeared at 1:01-1:02pm near the cleared parcel of land just before the "Dead End" sign.

Refugio: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Jan 14; last update: Jan 22  Map

On Jan 14 Sonny Bratz found a Golden-crowned Warbler at Lions Park in Refugio. Seen at 1:40pm. There is a square pavilion about 15 x 15 next to a wood bench in the back of the park near the river. It is in this vicinity low on ground and shrubs. Sonny had found possibly the same bird at the same location last January.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Jan 22.

Dallas: AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
first sighting: Jan 1; last update: Jan 22  Map

On Jan 1 Anna Galvan photographed an American Black Duck with a drake Mallard at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The duck is believed to be the same bird that was seen last March. The ducks have continued through Jan 22.

Dallas: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Jan 12; last update: Jan 13  Map

On Jan 12 Nick Komar photographed a first cycle Great Black-backed Gull at White Rock Lake.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 13.

Panhandle: SNOWY OWL
first sighting: Dec 29  Map

Chad Mussman photographed a Snowy Owl SW of Gruver, TX in Hansford County on Dec 29.

Quinta Mazatlan: BLUE BUNTING
first sighting: Dec 30; last update: Jan 23  Map

An immature male Blue Bunting was photographed on the morning of Dec 30 at Quinta Mazatlan. It was behind the amphitheater at the small bridge on the south side.
Latest Reports: Jan 2: Seen again in Ebony Grove near Palm Condo Trail. Continued sightings through Jan 23.

Tarrant Co.: TRUMPETER SWAN
first sighting: Dec 14; last update: Jan 6  Map

On Dec 14 Ed Wetzel found a confirmed Trumpeter Swan at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. The swan was photographed and compared with Tundra Swans.  Photos on Facebook The Natural Scientist Supervisor there, Michael Perez, says the best location to see all three swans is by the Canoe Launch area. Michael advises parking in the lot that is just past the launch area, then walk east (right) on the Riverbottom Trail away from the Canoe Launch, then to look in the water to the west (left). You'll get a refuge map when you get there, and fees are $5.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 6. (Last reported by Chris Hill - confirmed with staff at FWNCR).

Warbler Woods: GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
first sighting: Dec 11; last update: Jan 22  Map

Susan Schaezler reported that she photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on Dec 11. Probable 1st winter bird.
Latest Reports: Continues to be seen through Jan 22.

Santa Ana NWR: ROSE-THROATED BECARD
first sighting: Nov 12; last update: Jan 21

On Nov 12 a female Rose-throated Becard was found at Santa Ana NWR. The bird was seen near the hawk tower in a mixed flock.
Latest Reports: Nov 27: morning, seen at tower. Dec 7: seen foraging around photo blind near tower. Jan 7: seen briefly on Pintail Lakes trail just past the towers. Jan 15: on Willow Lakes Trail near photo blind. Jan 21: just north of tower area.

Terrell Co.: VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD
first sighting: Dec 13; last update: Jan 1  Map

Mel Cooksey found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird on Dec 13 in the area around the Terrell County Courthouse in Sanderson. First seen at 3:05pm as it flew briefly to a feeder, then to a power line. Observed off and on about 40 minutes. The bird did one series of sharp "twik" notes as it perched, like it was defending a territory. Photographed. The owner of the house, Lee Hoy, welcomes birders. Directions and guidelines are in his Texas Chase Birds Facebook post.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 1.

Lower Rio Grande Valley: TAMAULIPAS CROW
first sighting: Nov 5; last update: Jan 13  Map
On the morning of Nov 5 Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan saw two presumed Tamaulipas Crows flying south over the South Padre Island Convention Center. Dave and Shawneen caught up with the birds near the causeway and got pics. The birds were heading south. Starting on Nov 10, sightings at the Brownsville Dump. (Map). ID necessary to enter dump. The landfill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3:30pm and closed on Sunday.
Latest Reports: Nov 6: Two possible Tamaulipas Crows NE of Brownsville (Map) (John Lowry) Nov 10: sightings of 2 Tamaulipas Crows morning and afternoon at the Brownsville Dump. Up to 5 birds continue at landfill. Sightings continued at least through Dec 20. Occasional sightings also on South Padre Island (SPI). Last reported on SPI on Jan 13.

Aransas Co.: TAMAULIPAS CROW
first sighting:  Dec 29; last update: Jan 3  Map
On the morning of Dec 29 Larry Geiger and others photographed a Tamaulipas Crow on Park Road 13 near Goose Island State Park. The latest sightings have been along Aransas Beach Rd and in the pasture across from the Big Tree in Lamar.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 3.

Galveston: TAMAULIPAS CROW
first sighting: Nov 26; last update: Dec 5  Map
On the morning of Nov 26 Kyle O'Haver photographed a Tamaulipas Crow in Galveston at Apfel Park. He was also able to capture it on video. Reports continued through the afternoon. It was often seen around the garbage dumpsters near the entrance kiosks.
Latest Reports: Nov 27: afternoon, seen at San Luis Pass by Joe Fischer. (Map) Continued throughout the afternoon. Nov 28: spotted midday at same location: on the Gulf side of the Highway, in the Treasure Island neighborhood dumpster station. Dec 3-5: Seen at Apffel Park.

Houston: GREATER PEWEE
first sighting: Dec 10; last update: Jan 22  Map

On Dec 10 Jim Hinson found a Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. The sighting was near Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 5 winters. Last year it was reported from Sep 20 through Mar 22.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Jan 22.

Surfside: ELEGANT TERN
first sighting: Dec 2; last update: Dec 18  Map

On Dec 2 Arman Moreno found an Elegant Tern at Surfside Jetty. Continued sightings later in the day.
Latest Reports: Dec 3-18: continues.

Upper Texas Coast: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Nov 14; last update: Dec 8  Map
On Nov 14 at 3pm, Duke Liebler found a Great Black-backed Gull on the east side of Texas City Dike. On Nov 16, David Sarkozi found a Great Black-backed Gull at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. (Map) Nov 16: a sighting at Texas City Dike. Nov 18-19: seen at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. Dec 7-8: seen at Texas City Dike.

 

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Lower Rio Grande Valley: GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
first sighting: Dec 2; last update: Dec 11 Map

On Dec 2 John Brush found a Green-breasted Mango flycatching around a lawn at the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen.  Photo by John Brush.
Latest Reports: Dec 3-6: continues. No sightings Dec 7-10. Refound on Dec 11.

Colorado Co.: NORTHERN WHEATEAR
first sighting: Dec 4  Map

Saundra McDowell reported photographing a Northern Wheatear on Allen Road in Colorado County on Dec 4. The location is northwest of Sealy.

Randall Co: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: Nov 1
On Nov 1 Ray Matlack photographed a Varied Thrush at a private residence south of Amarillo.

Guadalupe Mountains NP: NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL
first sighting: Oct 24
On Oct 24 Tira Overstreet and Petra Hockey heard a Northern Pygmy-Owl calling in McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains NP. Directions and notes on Facebook - Texas Chase Birds.

Palo Duro Canyon SP.: RUFOUS-BACKED ROBIN
first sighting: Oct 28; last update: Oct 29   Map
On Oct 28 Christian Walker found a Rufous-backed Robin at Palo Duro Canyon SP. The sighting was at the trading post bird blind.
Latest Reports: Oct 29: negative reports

 

Big Bend NP: RED-FACED WARBLER
first sighting: Aug 14, 2016   Map
On Aug 14 Joe Fischer and Susan Heath found a Red-faced Warbler in Pine Canyon in Big Bend NP. Photo on Facebook. Four-wheeled drive needed to chase it.

Chambers County: JABIRU
first sighting: Aug 1; last update: Aug 5, 2016   Map
In the late afternoon of Aug 1 David Hanson and his wife found a Jabiru in Chambers County. It was in a mixed flock of egrets and Wood Storks in an old crawfish pond at the corner of Pear Orchard and FM 1985. After a short while the bird was spooked by a truck and wasn't refound. Photos
Latest Reports: Aug 2: 8:30am, seen for 5 minutes at 29°41′9″ N 94°29′22″ W then landed behind a berm. Continued sightings through Aug 3. Negative reports for Aug 4-5.

Davis Mountains Preserve: BUFF-BREASTED FLYCATCHER
first sighting: July16, 2016   Map
John Groves found a pair of Buff-breasted Flycatchers in the Davis Mountains Preserve on July 16. They were seen near the Tobe Canyon split off from upper Madera Canyon. He wasn't able to obtain photos but is very familiar with the species in SE Arizona.

Randall County, TX: VARIED THRUSH
first sighting: Jun 17; last update: Jun 23, 2016  Map
Mark Lanham found and photographed a Varied Thrush along Palo Duro Creek at Wagon Wheel Ranch, 5.5. miles NW of Canyon, TX. Canyon is south of Amarillo in the Panhandle on Jun 17. Also viewed on Jun 18. Photos posted on Facebook. It's not known if the ranch is accessible to the public. The bird was not seen on Jun 19 and has not been relocated.

Refugio: GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER
first sighting: Jan 24; last update: Feb 25, 2016  Map
On Jan 24 Derek Muschalek found a Golden-crowned Warbler at Shelly/Lion's Park in Refugio, in same area where one spent several weeks from 12/5/15- 2/24/16. The bird was seen with Orange-crowned Warblers along the creek, moving downstream. It was feeding and quite vocal.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Feb 25.

Laredo: AMAZON KINGFISHER
first sighting: Oct 30; last update: Jan 24, 2016   Map
An Amazon Kingfisher was photographed by Raul Delgado on the morning of Oct 30 on the Las Palmas Trail at Zacate Creek near Laredo. (Photo on Facebook) It continued to be seen through 5pm.
Directions: To get to Zacate Creek from US 83, just east of I-35/San Dario Avenue.  From US 83, go south on Saint Jorge to Zaragosa Street, left on Zaragosa to San Eugenia, Right on San Eugenia one block to Water St. turn left on Water and park.  Look for the Kingfisher along Zacate Creek, which is just east of you.  DO NOT enter the creek. Respect the yellow tape boundary that the city has put up and bird from the hillside or trail. The bird is also being seen at Los Dos Laredos Park upstream on the Rio Grande, at 27.4994, -99.5097.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Dec 16. On Dec 10 it was seen noon-1pm from Los Dos Laredos Park, mostly on the Mexican side of the river, roughly opposite Santa Cleothilde Ave (27.49964, -99.51327) and ranging west from there about a hundred yards (halfway to the railroad trestle). (Brian & Eileen Keelan). Dec 15-18: sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 21-23: Sightings at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 24: seen at creek mouth along Las Palmas Trail. (Tom Unsicker) Dec 25: morning, fishing in river near railroad bridge. Dec 26: at Las Palmas Trail. Dec 27: morning, at Los Dos Laredos Park. Dec 28: morning, at railroad bridge. Dec 29-Jan 17: continues. Jan 18-19: negative reports. Jan 22-23: along Las Palmas Trail. Negative reports for Jan 24

 

TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)

 

 

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